tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/social%20media1 social media news from mongabay.com 2014-12-31T16:23:26Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14206 2014-12-30T17:23:00Z 2014-12-31T16:23:26Z Meet Biofaces: the Facebook for wildlife enthusiasts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1229.leonardo.thumb.98504.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Love wildlife? Wish you had a place online to share your photos, videos, and stories with other wild enthusiasts&#8212;kind of like a Facebook for wildlife lovers? Well, look no further than Biofaces, a new website meant to "make wildlife loving people happy," according to its creator, Leonardo Avelino Duarte. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13742 2014-09-04T22:22:00Z 2014-09-29T14:26:31Z Conservationists use social media to take on Peru's booming illegal wildlife trade <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0904_150.-Capuchin-monkey-in-cage_Photo-Noga-Shanee.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Illegal wildlife trafficking is thriving in Peru. But a Peruvian organization is now using a public campaign, via social media and press releases, to track and rescue illegally kept wildlife in the country. 'I have filed 47 complaints from 14 different states in Peru including hundreds of animals commercialized illegally in markets, kept as pets, and used as tourist attractions,' said Noga Shanee, Co-founder and project director of Neotropical Primate Conservation. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13314 2014-05-29T20:30:00Z 2014-05-29T20:38:06Z Facebook, Twitter to carry 24 hours of live rainforest animal sightings on Monday <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0529.orang.rhettbutler.mongabay.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Next week, the rainforests of Southeast Asia are going live. On June 2nd, 11 organizations in the region will be posting lives video, photos, and wildlife sightings over 24 hours on Facebook and Twitter (see #rainforestlive). Dubbed Rainforest: Live, the initiative hopes to raise awareness of quickly vanishing ecosystems and species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11836 2013-07-25T19:45:00Z 2015-02-11T23:12:46Z How YouTube has put the world's only poisonous primates at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0725.AWalmsley-LFP-Markets-Jakarta-small-018.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It all started with a video: in 2009 a Russian man uploaded a video of himself tickling his exotic pet (a pygmy slow loris) from Vietnam onto the hugely popular site YouTube. Since then the video has been viewed over half a million times. But a new study in the open source journal in PLoS ONE, finds that such YouTube videos have helped fuel a cruel, illegal trade that is putting some of the world's least-known primates at risk of extinction. Lorises are small, shy, and nocturnal primates that inhabit the forests of tropical Asia, but the existence of all eight species is currently imperiled by a booming illegal pet trade that has been aided by videos of lorises being tickled, holding tiny umbrellas, or doing other seemingly cute (but wholly unnatural) things. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9499 2012-05-12T14:27:00Z 2012-05-12T15:02:47Z Scientists launch crowd-funding experiment for research projects Seeking to capitalize on the crowd-funding trend, a pair of biologists this month launched the #SciFund Challenge to raise money for dozens of scientific projects. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9498 2012-05-12T13:52:00Z 2012-05-12T13:56:18Z Greenpeace makes social media push for zero deforestation in Brazil Greenpeace is leveraging social media in its push for a zero deforestation target in Brazil. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8858 2011-12-15T20:24:00Z 2011-12-15T20:24:53Z Facebook pledges to go green...someday soon After a massive campaign by Greenpeace to get everyone's favorite social media site to quit coal energy, Facebook has announced a new energy policy and a partnership with Greenpeace. The policy includes a goal "to power all of our operations with clean and renewable energy," however does not go so far as to state it is dropping coal at this time or give a timeline as to when it may do so. Still, Greenpeace is calling the new policy by Facebook a victory. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8691 2011-11-15T18:20:00Z 2011-11-18T02:33:41Z Civilization shifting: a new leaderless era <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/2011/150/new_mexico_061.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For well over a decade global change scientists have ushered calls for urgent alteration in what they refer to as the “Business-as-Usual (BAU) paradigm” to cope with the interlinking social, economic, and environmental issues of the 21st Century. In 2001, one of the world’s largest Earth Science collaborative organizations, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), published their "A Planet Under Pressure" summary report for policy makers. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8307 2011-08-21T21:35:00Z 2011-08-21T21:37:50Z APP affiliate 'regrets' astroturfing on Indonesia deforestation claims Solaris, an Australian affiliate of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), has been caught astroturfing an article that repeated criticism of APP from Greenpeace. The article, which appeared on Mumbrella&#8212;an Australian media and marketing news site&#8212;garnered a multitude of negative comments which were later tracked to IP addresses used by Solaris. Astroturfing is corporate or government messaging falsified as coming from the public or a grassroots movement. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7497 2011-02-27T17:22:00Z 2011-02-27T17:31:02Z Photo: slaughtered great hornbill by soldiers raises ire [warning: graphic image] A photo of an illegally killed great pied hornbill (Buceros bicornis) by what appears to be Malaysian soldiers has angered environmentalists in Malaysia, according to the New Strait Times. The photo was posted on Facebook last year. Jeremy Hance